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Lara Varpio

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Lara Varpio, PhD, is a Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of research for the degree programs in health professions education at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Lara’s areas of professional interest include research methods / methodologies, health professions education research units, and interprofessional collaboration. Lara can be followed on Twitter.



Jumping down the rabbit hole: Questions to chase in medical education

For some time now, I have been contemplating the kinds of questions we ask in health professions education (HPE). These ruminations began in 2010 when I was working on a paper about my medical school’s efforts to implement an educational innovation. Truth be told, I had a real problem. My study was supposed to be an evaluation of the innovation’s implementation; however, the data highlighted all the workarounds we constructed to make the innovation fit within our contextual constraints. How could I evaluate our implementation of the innovation when I was no longer confident that what we had implemented was still an exemplar of the original innovation?I found myself asking questions like: Why do we value this innovation? Why is our implementation an example of the innovation at work? How much can I change the innovation before I turn it into something else?

I started searching the literature to find insights into these questions. Surely other HPE scholars have had similar concerns. Surely I would not be the first to venture down this rabbit hole. Right

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Gregg Wells

looking to companion research ...

Excellent! Understanding Why's of learning helps us improve and innovate around the many How's in HPE.Research areas that are com... Read More
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 11:11 PM
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